According to an AP report, “Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will recall 3.8 million vehicles in the United States, the company’s largest-ever U.S. recall, to address problems with a removable floor mat that could cause accelerators to get stuck and lead to a crash.” The auto-manufacturer said it was “still working with officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSA) to find a remedy to fix the problem and said owners could be notified about the recall as early as next week.” The NHTSA said it “had received reports of 102 incidents in which the accelerator may have become stuck on the Toyota vehicles involved.”
Forbes reported that this recall “followed a horrific crash last month in San Diego in which a mat was suspected of snagging a gas pedal on a runaway Lexus, ending with a fiery crash that killed four family members. A minute before the crash, the driver called police to say the car had no brakes and the accelerator was stuck. The runaway car was doing more than 120 mph when it hit a sport-utility vehicle, launched off an embankment, rolled several times and burst into flames.”
Other recent stories about the recall can be found at Bloomberg News, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.
I represent many victims of product defects. Dangerous products can cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries. We encourage manufacturers to take the time necessary to properly and fully evaluate their products before they are placed into the market. Public safety must trump profits.
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Mr. Zambri is a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including serious truck and car collisions. He has successfully litigated numerous cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has also been named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2009)–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.
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